Manchester Firefighters Extinguish Garbage Truck Fire
MANCHESTER, NH - Manchester Fire Engine 11 and Truck 1 responded to a report of a garbage truck on fire in the alley near Ash and Lowell Streets Wednesday.
When crews arrived they had smoke coming from the truck that was filled almost to capacity. The smoke was coming from the front of the compartment where the garbage had been compacted.
Firefighters used water to extinguish the visible fire and then coordinated with DPW to back the truck to the parking lot of Central High School across the street.
The contents of the truck were dumped so that firefighters could apply water to the contents and fully extinguish the fire.
Manchester Department of Public Works brought a front-end loader to the scene to move the contents of the pile around so that firefighters had full access.
Once the fire was fully extinguished a dumpster was brought to the scene and the contents were loaded into it, and removed from the scene.
The truck did not appear to have any damage, and there were no injuries to the driver.
Multiple contents picked up by garbage trucks can become flammable when the items are crushed or come into contact with other items. The current high popularity has added to the number of fires, the cause of this fire was not determined.
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